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    September 11, 2012
    6:00 - 6:30pm EDT  

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lost their life. >> patrick linton junior. >> day an teresa pari. >> today at ground zero the names of the victims were read. it was a special ceremony at the 9/11 memorial. the first time elected officials were not invited to speak. in pennsylvania, hundreds gathered to remember the heroism of the passengers on united flight 93. those brave men and women fought hijackers who crashed the plane in shanksville. here in washington at the pentagon, americans took a moment to mark the sullen anniversary. president obama and the first lady paid tribute to the victims of the attack at the 9/11 pentagon memorial dedicated on september 11th, 2008, the pentagon memorial is the oldest of the three memorials. for many today it was the place they wanted to be to take time to reflect and remember.
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fox 5's tom fitzgerald live at the pentagon. tom. >> reporter: brian, you know, this was a different memorial than we have seen in past years. president obama made his address, as you said, this morning to victims' families and pentagon officials, and the memorial itself remained closed until noon today. we can tell you that the size of the crowds we saw today were smaller but it is also true to say that the people who came here told us they still feel very strongly about this place and that day 11 years after 9/11. on a stretch of land just next to the pentagon sits 183 benches bearing 183 names, one for each of the victims that dade here on 9/11. >> i don't know, it's just a wonderful place to sit and reflect. >> reporter: marlene and don of iowa had a brother--law who worked in the pentagon. he wasn't here on 9/11, but
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they know others weren't so lucky. >> you see the importance of it, that we do honor all the people who died in the crash. >> reporter: these benches are laid out in the order of the victims' ages. julian was in high school on 9/11 and spent much of the last ten years in the u.s. army. >> it was a catalyst to the things that inevitably happened after i joined the military. so i deployed to iraq in support of operation iraqi freedom. so, yes, i think i probably would be a different person. would probably be not standing here talking to you today. >> reporter: by and large memorials tend to be places that are timeless. but it's been four years now since the pentagon memorial was dedicated, and you can trace the passages of those years at this place, especially with the many trees that were planted here. >> for me, the hearts and souls of the people who were killed are really in that building and with the flag and all of that.
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this is a place more for us to be able to contemplate what happened and still try to come to grips with it. >> reporter: those big questions, though, still lie ahead for some. six-year-old jonathan is still too young to fully understand this place and its meaning. >> i saw benches with people's names on them. >> reporter: did you like this place? >> yes. >> reporter: and like the people here on this 11th anniversary of the nine len attack, the pentagon memorial stands ready to tell its stories for generations to come. and you are looking live now at the pentagon, the flag that now drapes the spot not very far away where it originally did back 11 years ago tonight. pentagon officials say despite the lighter amount of crowds that they saw today, they expect this to build throughout the evening.
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as you know, the pentagon memorial is open at night. they say you can access it either through the pentagon metro station or by car at columbia pike or army-navy drive in pentagon city. >> tom fitzgerald tonight. leon panetta paid tribute on this 11th anniversary. he says there is a spirit of service that drives this country. >> reporter: we also honor the courageous efforts of the first responders, the rescue workers, and countless civilians and military pentagon employees whose efforts to save the wounded prevented further loss of life. their actions that day reflect the very spirit of this great country of ours. >> panetta led the way in
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honoring more than 107 people who were killed at the pentagon. vice president biden marked the 9/11 anniversary in shanksville, pennsylvania. he honored the men and women who died there. >> the heroism of your husbands lives, sons, daughters, fathers, what they did for this country is still etched in the minds of not only you, but millions of americans. >> the vice president laid a wreath at a memorial honoring the victims. that memorial is still being built. organizers say they need to raise about $5 million to complete the memorial. as the nation pauses to remember 9/11 what are your memories of that tragic day? where were you? on our facebook page carl writes, although i was living abroad i never felt so far away from home. i moved back to the u.s. just a few months later. i felt the need to be in the
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usa. sherri was in the pentagon as the day unfolded. lakisha says she was a jirn lie school in her first day of class thinking, the first thing i saw, the first tower onire, then the second impact. my heart dropped. continue to share your thoughts at myfoxdc.com. new tonight, the health of a potomac, maryland man being held in cuba is getting worse. the wife of alan gross just returned from a four-day visit to see her husband in jail. she released a statement that says in part, "i am devastated by his appearance. alan's health continues to deteriorate. while his spirit remains strong, i fear he is not going to survive this terrible ordeal." she continued to plead for his release. he was arrested and convicted of spying. he's serving a 15-year sentence. a developing story in maryland where the hunt is on for answers after a teenager was shot and killed while
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walking to school today. markel ross was junior at central high school in capitol heights, found shotn the sidewalk a mile from his school just before 7:00 this morning. ross' mother says he was being bullied last year and things had gotten better. >> he made honor roll every quarter last year, and we had been talking about him going to college, and i told him i also would like to see him go in the reserves. >> grief counselors spent the day at central high school to help students deal with the news. sentencing day today for five men involved in one of the deadliest shootings tin district. the veil lent outbreak happened over an eight-day period in 2010 in a dispute over a missing bracelet. the news edge on d.c. shock developments from d.c. council member michael brown who says someone in his reelection campaign misused over $100,000 in campaign funds.
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matt act cline -- matt actlan is following this. >> reporter: he says he went to police as soon's looked at the box and found that someone was sfrealg his campaign. tonight police confirmed they are investigating this but they have made no charges and there are no suspects. video now from this afternoon as brown held a press conference to say he feels betrayed. he said this fraud took place behind his back y a campaign treasurer. he told reporters as he was busy raising money for his reelection, a high level member cash behind his back. we asked him why did he not find out about the fraud early her. he says he was carefully looking at campaign finance reports that were being put together but he didn't check bank statements. he admits he should have. >> i want my supporters to also understand that the person who embezzled from the campaign was someone who had been working
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with me for more than half a decade. it's someone that i had extreme confidence in as well as many members of elected officials, not just here in the district of columbia, but in this region who this person had worked for. clearly i was wrong to have trusted that person. >> so we're talking about $112,000. council member brown said today in total he's raised about $190,000, so this is quite a reduction from his total amount, but he is confident, he says, he will continue to try to fund raise, and he's confident he will win this election in november, brian. >> more ahead on the news edge. felt like fall out there today. >> it sure did, brian, especially with those 40s overnight. i'll let fun we're going do it again. not a cloud in the sky today with the exception of cloud 9, which is where all the redskins fans are residing. dave ross, what a week. >> you couldn't have said it any better. we're two days removed from
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robert griffin iii's shocking debut. the ferrari kick-started the season in high gear and showed off plays like this, the option. we'll delve deeper in sports as the news edge at 6:00 continues. 
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thousands of cars blowing through maryland's ez pass lanes burning a big hole in the state's wallet. it's suspected there are eight rental companies that owe between $80,000 and $200,000 each. the maryland transportation authority estimates nearly 650,000 drivers owe $6.7 million in unpaid tolls dating back five years. starting tomorrow mobile medical vans will be fanning out across prince george's county stoppi at schools offering medical and dental services.
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>> there will be eight vans that will go around to 175 schools, and they will provide dental care, and nine of the schools will actually get medical care. it's part of our effort to provide access to quality healthcare throughout prince george's county. >> if you are interested in having your child seen by one of the mobile medical vans contact the health department or make arrangements with your child's school. coming up, security fears on 9/11. how the u.s. is protecting the public from another mass terror attack. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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terrorist attack. jennifer davis has details from capitol hill. >> reporter: congress pauses on this 9/11 anniversary. to look back and honor the thousands killed by terrorists 11 years ago. in a house subcommittee meeting, lawmakers are also looking ahead, holding a hearing to assess the u.s.'s ability to prevent terrorists from coming to america. >> curtailing the ability of terrorists to come to the united states can be a very effective tool because it essentially eliminates their ability to plan or carry out a tack. >> reporter: more than a decade after the worst terrorist attacks on u.s. soil the u.s. has made progress but is aware that threats remain. >> we dealt them a heavy blow, and we will continue to fight this in yemen, in somalia, in north africa, wherever they go, to make sure they have noplace to hide. >> reporter: leon panetta says
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al-qaida has been decimated. osama bin laden was killed in a raid by navy seals, and monday the terror group confirmed its second in command was killed by a drone strike in june. >> they're probably not capable of a mass strike in the u.s. but it doesn't mean they aren't capable of lower threshold lower casualty attacks that are frankly more difficult for us to prevent. >> reporter: as for continuing health threats the government announced some 50 types of cancers will be added to the list of illnesses covered by the fund set up to help 9/11 survivors and first responders. d.c. council member mary shea toured fair houses in our area and thanked first responders. impossible not to mark this
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day without talking about the weather because that day is etched in our minds, and i think everybody can remember how it felt that day walking outside, knowing that history had changed and feeling that crisp september breeze. >> just like we had today. >> just like today. i'll to have go back and see what the high temperature was. our high was 78 today. it is spectacular. hope that it brings you some comfort on what is a very sad memorial day but some of our best weather. now we begin in september, and it took a little while to get here, but would you believe those 40s that we dropped to last night, you have to go back to may to find temperatures that cool across the region. so it has been a glorious day. cloud-free. tomorrow is going to be very much the same kind of day. maybe with just a few wispy clouds. today's high, i mentioned it a moment ago, 78 degrees. our average is 81 now, so we are dropping as we go through the month of september. dulles 78, bwi thurgood marshall coming in at 79 degrees, and it is a beautiful evening, down to 7 pin
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gaithersburg, 74 in annapolis. stevensville 7 2, 72 in leonard town. so with these very cool temperatures and very dry air, i thought i would show you the dew point temperatures. just last week as we were dealing with the remnants of isaac we were talking about dew points in the low 70s. hard to breathe so sticky out there. wow. 42 degrees that is super dry. so that means as we head down the afternoon and into the evening hours, temperatures may, in fact, fall in some spots down to the 40s tonight, although probably not quit as weighed spread as it was last night. so here is your planner for the rest of the evening. 75 degrees although 7:00. by 9:00, down to 70. and clear skies all around. 66 degrees at 11:00. notice that chill in the air so you won't want to have the winds open too wide because this is what we're looking at for overnight lows. definitely a chill. some 40s out there. 50 for frederick, 58 for d.c., 5 for manassas, 49 the expected low out toward the culpeper
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area. on satellite and radar a couple of clouds in pennsylvania. a few puffy clouds here and there but not much. most of you did not find much in the way of cloud cover out there. of course, that's because our huge and benevolent area of high pressure is parked right over the mid-atlantic, gradually it is going to slip off the coast, and as it does sought will allow a couple of showers to get back into the forecast but probably not until about saturday. tonight 58 degrees, clear skies, and chilly. temperatures will drop into the 40s in some suburban areas. 81 degrees tomorrow. a little warmer than it was today with winds out of the south at 5 to 10. your fox 5 accuweather seven- day forecast. now we say good-bye to the 70s and start bringing back a few 80s. 81 tomorrow, 84 thursday, still gorgeous. friday 8 3. the perfect run for us. wouldn't you know, brian, couple of showers possible on saturday. we dry it out on sunday and a couple of showers on monday. no big washout.
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godaddy.com denying rumors it was hacked and says the recent service outage was caused by an internal problem. tint caused millions of websites to shut down yesterday. a person took to twitter claiming to be a hacker. go dad day has more than 5 -- go daddy hosts more than 5 million websites. no strasburg, no problem for the nats. their ace on deck. first there was tebowing, now there's griffinning. the move is named after robert griffin iii. after delivering 320 yards passing, rgiii laid halfway on the field and that up his hands. fans are -- fans are mimicking the move now. for what's around this corner...
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dave ross with you. the nats continue to roll, and i do mean roll. 87 wins already, six and a half game lead over the braves. a magic number of 15 meaning any combination from here on out of nats wins and braves losses that equal 15 and the division title will reside in washington, d.c. last night stiff winds blowing in, in new york city, didn't bother the nats' bats. top 3rd, ryan zimmerman with a man on, and that man is off, because that is off. two-run shot for zim from virginia beach. and just like that the nats had only five hits of the night, three of those home run. 21st of the year for zim. how about gio gonzalez? he gets out of a jam there. more from gio, this time helping himself with the glove. the acrobatics off the mound. gio goes six strong innings, allows just one run. earns his 19th win as the nats defeat the mets.
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afterward, gio credited his teammates. >> this couldn't have been done without the defense and the offense. a lot of tease guys go out there, and it feels like they work twice as hard when i'm out there. you appreciate that and you realize what's going on. hopefully we'll continue to pile up some more wins. >> hopefully. so remember in the preseason when some redskins fans wanted to see more out of robert griffin iii, you know, some wrinkles in the offense, maybe an option run or deep throw? they were all on display when the first game counted for reels, as the kids say. the redskins not only unveiled their prize quarterback but also the option right there. they kept it under wraps in the entire preseason but rgiii ran a similar offense at baylor where he rushed over 600 times sought only made sense for the head coach to incorporate it in the redskins' new offensive scheme. >> i think with robert, the difference you've got a guy that can run a 4.4 in the 40.
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you only have to run an option or option scheme maybe two or three times a game. you may runt ten times but in the back of their mind a defense knows you have the ability so you've got a chance to keep them off balance even if you don't runt a lot. >> very true. in the college game maryland is a surprising 2-0 after avenging last year's loss to temple. the terps defeated the owls saturday, trying to go 3-0 for the first time this saturday since 2001 when uconn comes to town. uconn is where randy edsall used to coach. today he apologized for how he left the huskies to take over the terps. >> if i had a do-over, i wish i could have talked to those players in person. but the circumstances in profession is one that didn't allow that, and as i said, you know, that's something that i have to live with. >> one other baseball note, brian.
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the orioles begin a big three- game series at home against the tampa bay rays. we'll have all the highlights of both the nats and the o's tonight. baseball in this town is jumping. >> all the highlights, you mean one? >> at least two. i'll sneak in a second one for you tonight, brian. >> i'll hold you to it. sue palka with a look at the forecast. >> all right, brian, this is some sweet weather on the seven- day forecast. it is going to eventually rise up into the mid-80s by the end of the week. our next chance of showers, probably a few scattered saturday, a better chance as we roll into monday and tuesday, brian. >> the news edge.
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